by Dave Grayson "This is crazy, what an honor, it's very humbling." Those were the sentiments stated by a stunned, and emotionally charged, Tony Stewart after being named as the recipient of the prestigious National Motorsports Press Association's, (NMPA), Myers Brothers Award. The NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Award Luncheon was held on December 5th at the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The annual event was part of the NASCAR Champion's Week.
by Dave Grayson ExxonMobil has strengthened its ongoing commitment to NASCAR by renewing its multi-year sponsorship with three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing. Mobil 1 will adorn the hood of Stewart's #14 Chevy for 11 races in 2014, while taking a high-profile associate role in the remaining races......Phil Parsons Racing announces that Josh Wise will join the team for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season......Richard Childress Racing has scheduled an announcement for their 2014 plans on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 11......
by Dave Grayson Every NASCAR fan in the world is certainly aware that driver, team owner and three time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart has been undergoing physical therapy due to a broken leg sustained this past August following a sprint car accident. In turn, Stewart is well aware, and appreciative, of the outpouring of love and well wishes he has received from the fans while undergoing his treatments.
by Dave Grayson It's only natural that, in the final weeks of 2013, NASCAR racing teams are going to be extremely busy preparing for the new racing season that is literally just around the corner. After all, those vital test sessions, during Speed Weeks at Daytona, will be seeing a green flag in January. Included in that final preparation process is the hiring of new personnel, those talented people that will hopefully present team owners with that extra edge in 2014.
by Dave Grayson A fire broke out in the Oak Ridge-North Carolina home of NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick early Wednesday morning. Kevin and DeLana Harvick, along with their baby son Keelan, escaped the scene unharmed after being awakened by the home's alarm system. According to reports, the fire started in the basement of the home. The Harvick's home only sustained minor damage thanks to a very quick response by area fire fighters.
by Dave Grayson At the beginning of 2007, NASCAR was seeking a new title sponsor for their second tier national racing series. Known for many years as the Busch Series, the famed beer company at that time announced that it would not be renewing its contract. The process of signing a new series sponsor was turned over to NASCAR Chief Sales Officer John O'Connell who had already established a track record as being very savvy when it comes to marketing packages.
by Pete McCole Jimmie Johnson added another milestone to his stellar career moved one step closer to history on Sunday night, claiming his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup title in the season finale Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Showing the same confident swagger the team has displayed for the entire season and the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup, Johnson and his crew shook off a late-race mishap and rallied to finish ninth to clinch his sixth championship in eight years, leaving him just one shy of tying the mark of seven titles held by Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr.
Hamlin wins NASCAR finale, Johnson wins title again
by Pete McCole The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season came to a close Sunday night as Denny Hamlin hoisted the winners trophy and Jimmie Johnson was crowned a the Sprint Cup Champion for the sixth time in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Hamlin passed Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with 25 laps to go and pulled away to beat out championship contender Matt Kenseth by nearly a full second to score his 23rd-career Sprint Cup victory.
Keselowski wins race, NASCAR gives title to Dillon
by Pete McCole Brad Keselowski ‘s reign as a Sprint Cup Champion may be coming to an end, but the defending champ is determined to go out on a high note. Keselowski won his seventh NASCAR Nationwide Series race of 2013 in Saturday night’s Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and helped secure the owners points title for Penske Racing, while Austin Dillon won the driver’s title over Sam Hornish, Jr. by just three points in a controversial finish that left many scratching their heads.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch scored his 35th-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory and clinched the 2013 owners championship in a wild three-overtime finish in Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Busch held off Brendan Gaughan over the course of two green-white-checker restarts and then had to fend off rookie Ryan Blaney in the closing laps to collect his fifth truck series win of the season, edging out Blaney by a truck length at the finish line.
NASCAR In a quest for his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, Matt Kenseth -- who trails Jimmie Johnson by 28 points entering Sunday's finale -- will start from the pole in the Ford EcoBoost 400. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver sped to the front of the pack with a speed of 177.667 mph, notching his third Coors Light Pole Award of the season. Johnson, meanwhile, qualified seventh with a speed of 176.598 mph.
Racing Past 40: Slower Reaction Times, and Other Lies
by Stephen Cox By age 40, most racing drivers are considered past their prime. Age 50 is considered “old,” and anyone racing into their late 50's or 60's is borderline insane. This claim is founded in the premise that physical and mental reaction times slow down as a person ages. This increase in reaction time means that the driver is less competitive, potentially unfit to drive in professional auto races, and will be unable to react at high speeds as quickly as younger drivers.
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